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Statement on Building Ministers Meeting


Today, Federal State and Territory building ministers have acknowledged the importance of reducing regulatory barriers to boost housing supply and support innovation and advanced construction.

Building and construction businesses will play a critical role in tackling the housing crisis and decarbonising the sector, said Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Wawn.

“Prefabricated and modular construction is a growing method internationally and could play a role in easing cost pressures and risks in the Australian market.

“We need to make sure we have the right skilled workers for this method of construction, and our regulatory system is fit for purpose to ensure its success.

“Barriers can be overcome through actions that contribute to decreased cost and enable productivity.

“Productivity in the construction sector has been declining in recent years, down 6.8 per cent over the past five years to 2022-23.

“Consideration should also be given to widening the jurisdiction of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy to include the building materials industry.

“More sustainable building practises, and a commitment to achieve net zero is part of Master Builders’ Sustainability Goals to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment.

“Our sustainability goals support the ambition to achieve a net zero built environment whilst ensuring building laws, regulations and standards are appropriate and minimise the environmental footprint of the industry.

“Master Builders would have preferred a later release of the public comment draft and longer period for consultation to adequately engage with its members and consider practical implications, especially amidst the ongoing regulatory changes in our industry including builders currently transitioning into 2022 National Construction Code changes.

“We look forward to working constructively with Minister Ed Husic to ensure the success of the building and construction industry while meeting the needs of the community,” Ms Wawn said.

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